Game Preview, Lafayette at Lehigh, #Rivalry149, 11/23/2013

(Photo Credit: The Express-Times)

If there's one word we've heard a lot in the media, and from both schools this week, it's "marbles".

"We're playing for all the marbles," head coach Andy Coen said in the Lehigh Football Report this week, echoing what seems to be anyone following the game in the Lehigh Valley.

It is true that the winner of the game this weekend will be Patriot League champions, with a 4-1 conference record.

It is also true that the winner will, beyond a shadow of a doubt, head to the FCS playoffs this weekend.  (While Lehigh could sneak in the field with a loss, it seems real unlikely.)

But more than that, the winner of this yearly Rivalry battle will indeed win something more than just a Patriot League Championship trophy to keep in Bethlehem or Easton another year.

It really does feel like an old-fashioned game of marbles, where the winner really does take everything they were looking to achieve that season, and the loser comes away with none of the goals they set out to achieve and instead the have to wait until next season.
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